Jones, who missed Miami's recent 1-3 road trip because of a
strained left groin, scored 23 points to help the Heat snap a
three-game losing streak with a 100-90 victory over the Chicago
"I knew it would be a slow pace for me at the start,'' said
Jones, who had his fourth consecutive 20-point performance despite
not scoring until hitting a 3-pointer with 7:20 left in the second
quarter. "After a week off, you're not the same player you
Jalen Rose scored 31 points before fouling out with 1:56
remaining and reserve center Eddy Curry added a career-high 26 for
the Bulls, who fell to 3-29 on the road.
After Miami built a 17-point lead early in the fourth quarter,
Chicago used a 15-4 run to pull within 89-83 with three minutes to
Malik Allen then hit a foul-line jumper and two free throws to
give the Heat a 10-point lead with 2:29 left. Chicago failed to get
closer after that.
"From a team aspect, this was a need game,'' said Allen, who
finished with 22 points. "We just went 1-3 on the road, with two
tough losses. We wanted to come back and get one at home.''
Travis Best added 21 for Miami, which also got 12 points and 12
rebounds from Brian Grant. It was the second time this season Miami
had three 20-point scorers.
"Sometimes, I think the coaches think Malik is better than
Malik thinks he is,'' Heat coach Pat Riley said. "He made some big
shots for us in the fourth quarter when we really needed him.''
Miami played without forward Caron Butler, who earlier in the
day was hospitalized with flu-like symptoms.
The Heat, who tied a season-high with 24 second-chance points,
have beaten Chicago five consecutive times and in nine of the past
11 meetings. Miami committed just six turnovers.
Jones scored 10 points in the third quarter, when Miami used a
24-8 run to build a 12-point lead. He then hit a 3-pointer early in
the fourth to widen the Heat's lead to 72-55.
Rose and Curry each had 17 points in the first half to help
Chicago take a 44-43 halftime edge.
"I didn't like the way we started, but I liked the way we
recovered in the first half,'' Bulls coach Bill Cartwright said.
"I thought our guys were active. I thought we did a lot of good
thing, we got Eddy Curry involved. It was good to see him out there
and score some buckets and get some time on the floor.''
Rose scored 12 points during the first quarter, which ended tied
"The thing about the NBA is that you have to be prepared to
compete in 82 games. Right now we need 12 guys to do that,'' Rose
said. "We might get guys to play good for a quarter and half, but
eventually that catches up with you.''
A Heat spokesman said Butler, the league's top rookie
scorer (14.1 ppg), would remain hospitalized overnight. ... Curry,
who was drafted directly out of high school in 2001, previously had
a high of 19 points. ... Chicago had just 10 assists. ... The Bulls
entered the game averaging 93.5 ppg, their highest total since 96.7
in 1997-98. ... Jones missed a third-quarter free throw to snap a
string of 25 foul shots made. ... Riley, who earlier this season
had a confrontation with Indiana's Ron Artest, got a friendly pat
on the back from Jalen Rose while the Heat coach was talking to
referee Bennett Salvatore during a stoppage in play. Riley offered